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I just returned from RWA in NYC and am late posting today
because I’m so happily exhausted from five days of visiting with writers,
readers and publishing professionals who come together each year because of a
shared love of books.
Highlights included a margarita date with Harlequin author
Tanya Michaels, a long standing tradition. I don’t see Tanya all year except at
this conference, but we’ve been catching up over tequila once a year for over a
decade. I have warned her that we don’t dare break the streak now or our
careers may fall apart. Call me superstitious, but I respect a good streak!
I had breakfast with Winnie Griggs, an author friend I met
in the days when I lived in Shreveport. I love Winnie’s books and quirky
characters and I’m always impressed at her smarts about writing and our
industry. If I want to know something about the romance business, asking Winnie
provides better answers than Google.
Another breakfast gave me the chance to sit with new author Jennifer Snow, a Harlequin Heartwarming author quickly branching out with
stories set in the MMA world. I was lucky to meet her through my sister-in-law,
Karen Rock, who also writes for Heartwarming. I talked to Jennifer so long she
was probably lucky to make it in time to sign books at the Harlequin signing.
This year also gave me the chance to meet several new-to-me
Harlequin Desire authors since I will be writing some books for the series in
2016. Andrea Laurence and Sarah Anderson kept me laughing over dinner one night
and Olivia Gates – who entranced me years ago by bringing homemade baklava to a
book signing—dazzled me with her beautiful gowns and gorgeous accent. I thought
I was happy to dress more casually at the conference until I spotted Olivia,
who always looks like she must be royalty. I made a note to indulge myself in
more lace and bangles in the future.
But my one surprise NY moment was spotting an NHL player on
45th Street. I was walking to dinner one evening with friends when I
spotted Jordan Staal in town. As a dedicated hockey fan, I nearly fainted to
see this handsome player in real life. I hand it to him for remaining so
composed while I squealed from the other side of the street. I sense more
hockey player stories in my future.
***Have any celebrity sightings to share? Any favorite
yearly traditions with friends like my margarita dinner? Share with me today on
the boards and I’ll give one random poster a gorgeous new Runaway Brides tote
or a copy of my new release, THE PLEASURE TRIP!